Don Rastall was born and raised in Huntsville, Ontairo. His father, Ernest was a business man operating a small garage and this is where Don first learned about good service, happy cusomters and a strong work ethic by working alongside his father after school and on Saturdays at the age of 11.
When Don was 17 his father suddenly passed away and Don was forced to seek and new job and was subsequently hired by Bell Telephone.
His first job at Bell was in the construction department and soon the company realized that Don was a better talker than a pole climber so he was transferred to the Sales Department. Although still quite young, Don was entrusted with a large territory from Huntsville to Fort Francis travelling that route for 3 ½ yrs. Part of his job requirements was to spend 10 wks. Every year in Marketing School sponsored by AT&T where he learned a great deal and still to this day practices certain techniques he learned from that time.
Don eventually came to live in Sudbury and met his wife Jackie Helpert in 1959 and then was married in 1960. They have two children Charles and Mari-Helen.
Don went to work for Helpert’s Supply which was owned an operated by his father-in-law Charlie Helpert and remained there for 15years where he worked as a salesperson.
The experiences that Don incurred allowed him to learn a lot about the Mining Industry as several of his accounts included that sector such as Dravo, MacIsaac Mining and Redpath.
He noticed at this time that Drill Doctors were modifying 12” adjustable wrenches so they would open wider as requested by the Miners that used them.
This is when an idea was born. After much research and dedication Don then started his own business in 1975 with very little money but a vision that he could somehow take the idea of a modified adjustable wrench and make it happen and he did.
It wasn’t long before both Don and Jackie would package wrenches at home and send them all over Canada. Today, wrenches are manufactured overseas and are shipped throughout several countries including the U.S. Europe,Australia, South America.
Don also saw a need for fasteners and eventually decided that he could supply top quality fasteners to the exisiting mines in Sudbury such as Inco and Falconbridge and has expanded quickly to include servicing not only the mines, but the forestry and construction sectors as well both locally, nationally and internationally. Rastall Mine Supply Ltd. Is the largest fastenersupplier in the North and continues to be a pivotal asset to this community providing excellent product and unsurpassable service.
There have been many bumps along the road including a disasterous fire which burned Rastall Mine Supply Ltd. &Rastall Tool Corp. to the ground in July 2000 but with the perserverence of Don and his dedicated staff they were quickly able to secure a temporary warehouse and were back in business within 48 hrs.
Community is important to Don and he continues to make contributions to many great organizations including the United Way, North Eastern Onario Regional Cancer Centre the Regional Hospital just to name a few.
Many great friendships have been formed with other visionary business people in this community and together they have set a precedent in the way that business is done in this community and it is the men and women that will follow them that will benefit from there collaborative years of dedication and experience.